FACT - Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries
Volunteers working to preserve and protect the quality & beauty of the Alum Creek watershed and promote environmentally responsible recreation, educational opportunities, & citizen participation at many levels.
It is estimated that plastic takes between 100 and 1,000 years to decompose, so it is considered a very slow and long term decomposing materials. A plastic bottles takes up to 500 years to disintegrate, although if it is buried this time is even longer.
In the last 30 years, the manufacture of plastic products has increased worldwide by more than 70%.
While the flexible and unbreakable nature of plastic makes it deal for use in previously breakable items such as bottle and jars, the durable nature of plastic also means that plastic products take years to decompose, even in landfills.
One of the most worrisome impacts of plastic in the pollution of seas and oceans. Plastic in the sea and ocean not only has an impact on the landscape, but also on it's biodiversity. The most harmful plastics are micro_plastics, which are smaller than 5 mm.
What can we do?
* Use items that are reusable wherever possible.
* Do not use straw's or single-use plastic straw's.
* Avoid consumption of coffee in capsules, as these cannot be recycled.
* Say no to animal products, especially fish - over 50% of ocean plastic is made up of discarded fishing gear.
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Very nice, and many hands made the work a little lighter!
It's amazing and very sad how that same area can need cleanup year after year. I remember doing some of the first cleanups there over 15 years ago!
Great job FACT. I remember cleanups like this back to 2004 and each year you've kept bringing many people to the table to help.
Will there be any clean ups in 2022?
Thank you for doing this.